Please note, this blog was posted in 2014. Face Clinic London no longer offers Chemical Peels. Please use this post as a guide. To find a safe, trusted clinic to perform this treatment, please head to www.saveface.co.uk
So you’ve sat down with a skincare specialist and decided that a peel is the right treatment for you. But which type of peel is right for you? With a vast array of brands, types and strength of peel available, it might seem a little daunting for those new to the treatment. Luckily, we’ve whittled the choice down to three of our favourite peels, all with real noticeable results, for a range of different skin problems and concern, from acne to ageing.
SkinCeuiticals Gel Peel SM
This is a peel that’s great for acne prone skin. Containing the salicylic and mandelic acids, which exfoliate and decongest skin, this peel helps improve the appearance of problematic skin. As a very superficial peel, it focuses on the outermost layers of skin, and is safe to use on all skin types.
Salicylic acid works to gently remove the top layers of skin affected by acne, scars and skin blemishes, letting fresh and undamaged skin emerge; while mandelic acid thoroughly exfoliate the skin, reducing signs of ageing and sun damage.
The SkinCeuiticals Micropeels contain either 20% or 30% gycolic acid, which is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and dull skin. If you use either the 20% or 30% it still remains a superficial peel with little to no downtime.
Gycolic Acid is the most common and the safest form of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which removes the outer layer of skin cells bringing fresh skin to the surface. It’s also used to help skin discoloration and pigmentation.
Skinceuiticals Pigment Balancing Peel
This uses a combination of L-asorbic acid (that’s Vitamin C) and 50% glycolic acid; which lightens dark spots, refines uneven skin tone and helps sundamaged skin. This is a peel that should only be used after building up the skin’s tolerance with a series of lower strength micropeels.
The brightening and anti-inflammatory active ingredients in this peel improve hyperpigmentation, while exfoliating acids speed up cell-renewal, leading to brighter and more radiant skin.